PR firm Weber Shandwick launches HR consulting offering CultureShift

29 May 2018

Weber Shandwick, a leading communications firm with worldwide reach, has launched its own consulting offering. CultureShift will help future clients cultivate strong corporate cultures that boost business performance.

Recently named Global Agency of the Year for the fourth year running, Weber Shandwick is one of the world’s premier communications firms. Headquartered in New York City, the agency boasts 78 offices worldwide, generating revenues in excess of $500 million. CultureShift – its new consultancy wing – will be an integral part of Weber Shandwick’s Global Employee & Change Management practice.

Deploying HR expertise, CultureShift will advise businesses in the midst of radical change, whether undergoing mergers, restructurings, or embracing an entirely new operating model. By aligning the emerging company culture with broader strategic goals, CultureShift consultants will ensure that clients possess the internal stability and resilience to overcome and thrive on change.

The consulting arm will be led by Kate Bullinger, executive vice president and global head of Weber Shandwick’s Employee Engagement & Change Management practice. Among her highly-experienced colleagues is Alison Quirk, a new addition to the team but a respected advisor to C-suite executives in her own right. She will work closely with Don Spetner and Gary Sheffer in helping clients navigate tough and complex transformations.

PR firm Weber Shandwick launches HR consulting offering CultureShift

“CultureShift helps executives understand how aligned their current culture is to the goals of their business strategy so that they can take action to accelerate new ways of working and ultimately transform their organizations for the better," said Bullinger.

“You can put all the right people, tools and processes in place to advance a business strategy but without attention to how work gets done and the behaviors that are valued and rewarded, you'll fall short of your goal,” she added.

Her thoughts were echoed by Weber Shandwick’s Global Corporate practice chair Micho Spring. "Beyond financial performance, companies today are increasingly judged by the values they stand for and the contributions they make to society,” she said. “A values-driven business with a clearly defined culture is the key to navigating complexity, weathering turbulent times, and succeeding in the war for talent.”


Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO

18 April 2019

London-based global leadership consultancy YSC has appointed Eric Pliner as its new CEO, replacing Robert Sharrock, who held the role for five years. Pliner, previously the firm’s Americas leader, will remain based in New York City.

For 30 years, YSC Consulting has been providing leadership advisory services to clients across a wide range of industries. The firm provides services in the areas of leadership strategy, performance, research, and analytics. YSC also has offerings in organizational leadership and CEO & board advisory. The firm’s approach is grounded in the behavioral sciences, allowing clients to better align business strategy and leadership.

In 2017, Graphite Capital complete a private equity investment in the firm, which has allowed YSC to continue its rapid expansion across the globe. Today, the firm has 19 offices across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions, staffed by 225 professionals with backgrounds in clinical psychology and organizational behavior, among other areas.

YSC’s incumbent CEO, Robert Sharrock, will now move into the roles of managing director of YSC’s board and CEO of the advisory practice. Sharrock had previously indicated that he would move into a client-facing role following one year of results after the private equity infusion.Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO


 “Having achieved the goals we established as a business during my tenure, I look forward to fully devoting my time to the client service areas of the business I find most rewarding, which is working directly with board members and CEOs,” Sharrock said. “I will also be offering my unreserved support to Eric and our global team as we continue to expand our distinctive business around the world.”

Eric Pliner, who has been with the firm since 2010, will step into the role of CEO. An expert in organizational behavior, talent management, and development, Pliner joined the firm as a senior consultant, working his way up to managing director and head of YSC Americas in 2014.

Prior to joining YSC, Pliner was director of organizational talent management & development at the NYC Department of Education, and was an adjunct instructor in the curriculum & teaching department at Hunter College in New York. He holds an MBA in management, organizational behavior, and human resources from the City University of New York – Baruch College.

“Robert has successfully led the business through five years of sustained growth and shaped the brand into a premier global leadership consultancy,” Pliner said. “I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead this iconic firm as we continue to serve world-class organisations in understanding and developing the critical leadership to achieve their future business strategies.

“Whether through individual executive assessment, pre-deal due diligence and post-deal integration for private equity transactions, design and execution of inclusive leadership and diversity strategy, coaching for senior executives and teams, resilient change leadership, and more, YSC’s global services are and will remain distinctive, characterful, and best-in-class,” he added.

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